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York City defender Dan Parslow looks forward to 'showpiece fixture' against Portsmouth
YORK City defender Dan Parslow is relishing one of the season’s “showpiece fixtures” ahead of all-ticket visit of 2008 FA Cup winners Portsmouth to Bootham Crescent on Saturday.
Despite a modest start to the campaign, which sees the south-coast club lying in the lower half of the table, Pompey are still by far the biggest draw in League Two this term, having attracted 15,000 fans for their 1-0 home defeat to Fleetwood at the weekend.
Guy Whittingham’s team have also been cheered on by more than a 1,000 supporters at each of their four League games on the road this term against Burton, Cheltenham, Mansfield and Accrington.
As recently as five years ago, the Fratton Park outfit were playing against AC Milan in the Europa League and were only relegated from the Premier League in 2010, leaving Parslow well aware that a home win at the weekend would still make people sit up and take notice outside of North Yorkshire.
The 28-year-old centre-back said: “Portsmouth are a huge club and the fact they are in League Two makes every game they are involved in a showpiece fixture.
“I feel it will be a great game.
“The stature of their club means everyone looks out for their results, so we have got to make sure we turn up on Saturday and play like we did at Wycombe, while hopefully picking up three points this time.”
Parslow is aware that the key to that quest might lie in keeping a first clean sheet in six contests.
The Minstermen’s current run without a shut-out is the longest since last Christmas.
The former Wales Under-21 international added: “I thought we looked strong and organised at the back against Wycombe and they didn’t really cause us much trouble.
“But it was a difficult ball they put in behind us for their equaliser and, after a bit of a scramble, another sloppy goal has gone in our net, which we are obviously trying to cut out.
“We just want to start getting some clean sheets now because, as centre-halves, you pride yourself on them.”
And, if City tighten up at the back, the former Cardiff trainee reckons the team has enough ammunition down the flanks and through the middle now to deliver a first victory in nine matches.
He said: “We looked a threat every time we went forward on Saturday and the lads are upbeat and full of optimism going into the Portsmouth game. It’s great when you have the likes of Josh Carson, Ryan Brobbel and Ash Chambers with so much pace and ability to cause problems out wide.
“Ryan Jarvis is also in top form and looking a threat and, now Ryan Bowman is back from suspension, we’ve got so many options.
“It’s just a matter of everything clicking and falling into place now.”
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